Did you use meringue powder? I just made some today and it worked fine, but if you don't have the meringue powder it won't work. I gotmine from mexicansugarskull.com, but I also saw some at michaels. Other that that I agree w/ previous that it might be too wet.
Please request these books at your library! I'm doing my best at my library (where i work) to replace the corny craft books with new cooler books, but it can be an uphill battle. You'd be surprised how much the "ducks in bonnets" books get circulated! Any suggestions for new books would be appreciated.
BTW- the budget thing, not so much. Public library budgets are very low compared to thier usefullness to the community, and books are expensive, so if you want more, newer craft books, vote yes on their next budget increase!